First trees planted in Scotland’s WW1 Centenary Wood

November 18, 2014   //   No Comments

Woodland Trust supporter starts tree planting in memory of grandfather and great uncle at Scotland’s WW1 Centenary Wood.

On 29th October, a Woodland Trust supporter whose grandfather and great uncle fell on the same day at the Battle of Ypres planted a rowan tree to mark the start of tree planting at Scotland’s WW1 Centenary Wood.

Margaret Murison from West Calder planted the tree to mark the memory of her grandfather and his brother who served in the 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Both fell on the same day during the Battle of Ypres.  Over the next 2 years a total of 50,000 native trees will be planted at Dreghorn Woods on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) training estate in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, including 10,000 which will be planted by schoolchildren and members of the public during special planting days. Children from Currie Primary School joined Margaret to plant the first trees today (Tuesday 28 October).

The Woodland Trust Scotland is working in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the MOD’s property and services provider, to create Scotland’s WW1 Centenary Wood. This wood is 1 of 4 to be planted by the charity across the UK to create a living memorial of the conflict.


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